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Remedy for dogs

Is there a remedy that I could give to my dog for ear infections? He is 76 lbs, will be 2 yrs old in May, and this is his second yeast ear infection in the last 4 months. If there is something I could give him to prevent from having another one I would appreciate advice.
  annlivi2000 on 2008-12-30
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Chronic ear infections in pets can be the result of an over-use of antibiotics. It can also be symptomatic of systemic yeast infections-Candida albicans- which result from the use of antibiotics/steroids which kill off the intestinal flora leading to a ph imbalance in the gut. When the balance is upset, infection results and Candidiasis and the fungus travel via the bloodstream to other parts of the body including the ears.

Candidiasis is an insidious killer masking as rashes, chronic ear infections, hearing loss, loss of memory, incessant licking, and other physical problems- all treated individually when really they stem from one cause- Candidiasis. Candidiasis can eventually travel to the brain,killing the pet.

Many times unsuspecting vets give the pet steroids or antibiotics for the symptoms when antibiotics and steroids are exacerbating the problem.

Candidiasis can also result from feeding grain-based foods. Dogs were never meant to eat grains to the extent that is found in commercial pet foods.In the wild the diet is mainly raw meat and vegetation. Any grains ingested from their prey are already predigested.

Cooked foods, anything in a can or bag has the potential to destroy the immune system which would keep any yeast infections in check.

Chronic ear infections are also symptomatic of hypothyroidism and allergies(environmental or those found in the food. Some pets are allergic to the grain and preservatives found in most commercial pet foods).Systemic allergies can cause itching in the ear canal and dermatitis which, if the pet scratches the ear, can lead to ear infections.

Over-vaccination can also depress the immune system enough to lead to chronic ear infections as well as a multitude of other health problems.

Although chronic ear infections have been eliminated by mixing equal parts of pau d'arco tincture and mineral oil and putting several drops in the infected ear two or three times a day for no more than several days, if the cause of the ear infections is the use/over-use of antibiotics, over-vaccination or an allergic reaction to the grain/preservatives in the pet food, this would have to be corrected first.

Adding probiotics to the pet food would also be helpful.
orian last decade
So should I change the food I am giving the dog? And where do I get probiotics to add to his food and how much/how often do I give that? Thank you.
annlivi2000 last decade
It would help to find out what is causing the ear infections, whether it actually is Candidiasis or a food/environmental allergy, or any of the other things mentioned causing the problem.

You haven't mentioned whether your dog was on antibiotics prior to the start of these ear infections because if he was, that could be the cause.If your dog wasn't on antibiotics than it would be a matter of finding out whether your dog may have hypothyroidism , an allergic reaction to grain,etc in his food, or Candidiasis.
It's a matter of eliminating these as a possible cause, one by one.

As for where to get probiotics, it's available at any health food store. Just ask for probiotics. Base the dosage on weight, ie, if it says on the bottle take two capsules a day. That would be for a 150 pound person so a dog, at approx half that weight would take half as much per day.
orian last decade
Another thing, a drop of two of apple cider vinegar in the ear once a day will help to heal and ward off any future ear infections if the ear infections are not caused by some of the things mentioned previously but may have been caused by the ear being scratched and becoming infected. It won't work if the dog has hypothyroidism, candidiasis or a food allergy. These would have to be corrected first.
orian last decade
The dog had not been on antibiotics prior to the ear infections. He is currently on antibiotics and of course steroids. I did get some different food now and will see if that makes a difference. If I give the probiotics, do I give that every day and for how long? Thank you.
annlivi2000 last decade
Probiotics can be given daily for an extended period of time. Whenever a pet is on antibiotics or steroids, these destroy intestinal flora which probiotics restores so it is crucial that it is given then.Candidiasis also destroys intestinal flora.

As for seeing whether probiotics can be instrumental in correcting the ear infections also,it would be a matter of implementing the probiotics for as long as your dog is on antibiotics/steroids and continuing with it even if your dog is off antibiotics/steroids if the ear infections persist. If they do, then there's more of a possibility that hypothroidism may be the problem.
orian last decade
Thank you - I will most certainly give him the probiotics now since his most recent treatment. Sincere thanks for your input.
annlivi2000 last decade

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